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Accepted Paper:

Sounds of the Balkans: affective illusions or ethnographic touch of reality?  

Author:

Rajko Mursic (University of Ljubljana)

Paper short abstract:

The author will present and discuss some examples of music production that relates Slovenia to former Yugoslavia. The main topic are relations between affective atmospheres and "paramount reality" in the space that somehow survived historical tragedies, especially in younger generations.

Paper long abstract:

The Balkans is in many ways more imaginary than real place. But when we come to the matters of affectation of its sounds and music, it seems it becomes real, especially outside of the Balkans. But what kind of reality we may "touch" when attending the Balkan party, concert of a local music star, or following specific online music production for the former Yugoslav market? The author will present and discuss some examples of music production that relates Slovenia to former Yugoslav space, e.g., Moonlee Records (Bernays Propaganda from Skopje, Žen from Zagreb) for alternative and rock, trap acts like Matter, or hardly classifiable Kukla (Кукла).

The main question the author will discuss are relations between affective atmospheres and Schützean "paramount reality" in the space that somehow survived historical tragedies, especially in "affective tonalities" of younger generations.

Panel P169
Affection of Sounds and Politics in South-Eastern Europe: Challenges and Perspectives